TV: Great British Bake-Off \ BBC Two

Posted on August 21, 2010

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Great British Bakeoff

Nice work from Love Productions for the BBC in the Great British Bake-Off.

Presenters Mel and Sue don’t so much dominate the competition to find the UK’s greatest baker, rather they just glue the bits together into one entire slab of gorgeousness which also happens to include the master cake-baker my mother always swore by – Mary Berry.

Eggs were beaten, butter combined with sugar. Tears shed too when sponges emerged from the oven not as originally anticipated. Hey ho. There’s the risk when you’re baking a cake.

Nice too to see a couple of low-key featurettes distracting attention away from the competition. One presented by Sue Perkins about why it is we feel guilty when we eat cake. The other featuring Perkins’ comedy partner Sue Giedroyc detailing the hard work involved in making a cake with 12 eggs and a pound of sugar. Thank Christ for my Kenwood Chef.

Definitely something to be pleased with. Excellent late Saturday afternoon viewing. Nothing like the Telegraph review of the programme. Bitter so and so.

If you’re interested, here’s the cake I made for husband Simon’s birthday. It was pretty much finished off less than 3 hours after I’d finished making it.

Simon's Birthday Cake

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